Previous Fellows - 2006-2007

LAPA has hosted fellows since the 2000-2001 academic year. LAPA alumni come from many countries, many disciplines and many levels of seniority. All have shared a common commitment to the study of law and legal institutions. For more on our LAPA alumni, see the listing of fellows by cohort below. Each former LAPA fellow has her/his own "people page" on the site, reachable by link from the person's name in the cohort listings or from the People Archive.


fellows 2006-2007 Back row: Katherine Franke, Margaret Jane Radin, Jamie Mayerfeld, Wibren van der Burg, Paul Schiff Berman, Teemu Ruskola; Middle row: Kathy Applegate, Deborah Pearlstein, Vanessa Barker, Cindy Schoeneck, Mary Anne Case, Chibli Mallat, Laura Dickinson; Fro

Vanessa Barker , Former Fellow, 2006-2007
Paul Schiff Berman , Former Fellow, 2006-2007
Mary Anne Case , 2006-2007 LAPA Fellow, LAPA/Crane Fellow
Laura Dickinson , Former Fellow, 2006-2007<br />
Katherine Franke , Former Fellow, 2006-2007
Chibli Mallat , Former Fellow, 2006-2007
Margaret Jane Radin , Former Fellow, 2006-2007
Teemu Ruskola , Former Fellow, 2006-2007

Vanessa Barker

Vanessa Barker is Assistant Professor of Criminology at Florida State University. She received her B.A. in English Literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara and her Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University. She teaches and writes in the sociology of law, the comparative study of penal sanctions, historical sociology of crime policy, and political sociology. Her research on the politics of punishing in the American states has been published in Punishment and Society, reprinted in the International Library of Essays in Law and Society, and has received awards from the Law and Society Association and the Political Sociology section of the American Sociological Association. Her recent work on crime victims movements, "The Politics of Pain," will be published in Law & Society Review. At Princeton, she is completing a book manuscript on American penal regimes and the democratic process. She is also starting a new project on comparative penal sanctions in Europe. She will examine the extent to which Sweden and the UK use the criminal law and penal sanctions in response to increased immigration, pressures of European integration, and crime. She will investigate how and why these responses are shaped by culturally distinct legal traditions and political institutions as well as by global trends.

Paul Schiff Berman

Paul Schiff Berman is Dean and Foundation Professor of Law at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. His scholarship focuses on the intersection of international law, conflict of laws, cyberspace law, and the cultural analysis of law.  Before arriving at ASU, Dean Berman was the Jesse Root Professor of Law at the University of Connecticut School of Law. For the 2006-07 academic year, Dean Berman was a Visiting Professor at Princeton University in the Program in Law and Public Affairs. He has also served on the Organizing Committee of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities.

Dean Berman earned his A.B., summa cum laude, from Princeton University in 1988 and his J.D. in 1995 from New York University School of Law, where he served as Managing Editor of the NYU Law Review and received the University Graduation Prize for the graduating law student with the highest cumulative grade point average. He has served as law clerk to then Chief Judge Harry T. Edwards, of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and for Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, of the United States Supreme Court. Prior to entering law school, Dean Berman was a professional theater director in New York City and Artistic Director of Spin Theater. He was also Administrative Director of The Wooster Group and of Richard Foreman's Ontological-Hysteric Theatre at St. Mark's Church.

His recent work, which discusses the multiple effects of globalization on legal systems, includes: The New Legal Pluralism, 5 Ann. Rev. of L. & Soc. Sci. 225 (2009); Global Legal Pluralism, 80 S. Cal. L. Rev. 1155 (2007); A Pluralist Approach to International Law, 32 Yale J. Int’l L. 301 (2007); Seeing Beyond the Limits of International Law (reviewing Jack L. Goldsmith & Eric A. Posner, The Limits of International Law), 84 Tex. L. Rev. 1265 (2006); Towards a Cosmopolitan Vision of Conflict of Laws: Redefining Governmental Interests in a Global Era, 153 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1819 (2005); From International Law to Law and Globalization, 43 Colum. J. Transnat'l L. 485 (2005); and The Globalization of Jurisdiction, 151 U. Pa. L. Rev. 311 (2002). He is also the author (with Patricia L. Bellia, Brett Frischmann, and David G. Post) of Cyberlaw: Problems of Policy and Jurisprudence in the Information Age (West Pub.) and the editor of two volumes of essays, The Globalization of International Law and Law and Society Approaches to Cyberspace (Ashgate Pub.).  His monograph entitled Law Beyond Borders: Jurisprudence for a Hybrid World will be published in 2011 by Cambridge Univ. Press. 

Mary Anne Case

Mary Anne Case is Arnold I. Shure Professor of Law at the University of Chicago and she will be the Crane Fellow at LAPA in 2006-2007. Her scholarship to date has concentrated on the regulation of sex, gender and sexuality, although she also has done work on other aspects of constitutional and comparative law and on the early history of feminism. A graduate of Yale College and the Harvard Law School, she studied at the University of Munich and litigated for Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison before joining the faculty of the University of Virginia, where she rose to become Professor of Law and Class of 1966 Research Professor. She returned to her native New York City as a Visiting Professor of Law at N.Y.U. during the academic year 1996-7 and again in the spring of 1999. In the spring of 2004, she was a Bosch Public Policy fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, studying the application of the German abortion laws. While at Princeton, she will continue her work on the role of the state in marriage.

Laura Dickinson

Laura A. Dickinson joined the law faculty in 2008 as a professor and the faculty director of the Center for Law and Global Affairs. Her work focuses on human rights, national security, foreign affairs privatization, and qualitative empirical approaches to international law. Professor Dickinson’s current work-in-progress is a monograph entitled, Outsourcing War and Peace, to be published by Yale University Press. The book examines the increasing privatization of military, security, and foreign aid functions of government, considers the impact of this trend on core public values, and outlines mechanism for protecting these values in an era of privatization.

Prior to her appointment to ASU, Professor Dickinson was on faculty at the University of Connecticut School of Law, where she taught from 2001 to 2008, and she was a Visiting Research Scholar and Visiting Professor in the Law and Public Affairs Program at Princeton University in 2006-2007. She served as a senior policy adviser to Harold Hongju Koh, Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at the U.S. Department of State, and is a former law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justices Harry A. Blackmun and Stephen G. Breyer, and to Judge Dorothy Nelson of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Professor Dickinson is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law, and co-organizer of a Collaborative Research Network on Empirical Approaches to International Human Rights Law, convened under the auspices of the Law & Society Association.


Katherine Franke

Katherine M. Franke is Professor of Law and the Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Culture at Columbia Law School. Her scholarship is interdisciplinary in nature, seeking to explore the significance of legal subjectivity and consciousness in light of insights drawn from ethnographic, historical and literary studies. She has recently completed a book entitled Subjects of Freedom which maps the contours of rights-acquisition for recently emancipated Black people in the immediate post-bellum period in the U.S. Other writings have addressed issues of sexual harassment, sexuality as governance, and law and identity more generally. She teaches Feminist Legal Theory, Critical Legal Thought, Law & Culture and Gender Justice. In addition to her work at Columbia she teaches a course in Contemporary Legal Problems at a medium security women's prison and serves on the editorial board of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. While at Princeton, she will begin a new project exploring the notion of the human that animates humanitarian projects in sites such as refugee camps in Darfur, freed men and women in civil war "contraband camps" and Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan.

Chibli Mallat

Presidential Professor of Law
Professor of Middle Eastern Law and Politics

Professor Mallat joined the faculty of the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law as Professor of Middle Eastern Law and Politics in 2007. He was named Presidential Professor in 2009, and served between 2008 and 2010 as Senior Legal Advisor to the Global Justice Project: Iraq. He also holds the EU Jean Monnet Chair of Law at Saint Joseph's University in Lebanon. He has held research and teaching positions in the US at Princeton University, Yale Law School, the University of Virginia Law School, the Library of Congress, University of California Boalt Hall School of Law, in Europe at the London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies, the University of Lyon, and in Lebanon at Saint Joseph's University and the Islamic University. In the Spring of 2011, he will be teaching at Harvard law school as the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Visiting Professor of Islamic Legal Studies.

As a legal practitioner and consultant Professor Mallat helped establish the Middle East regional office of Amnesty International in Beirut in 1999, for which his office serves as legal counsel. He has litigated several international criminal law cases, and advises governments, corporations and individuals in Middle Eastern and international law. He is the Daily Star law page editor, and is a frequent op-ed contributor in newspapers ranging from the Nahar (Lebanon) to the New York Times.

Professor Mallat teaches Middle Eastern and European Union laws at the Law School. He is presently teaching a course on the Law and Politics of the Middle East in the Honors college.

Margaret Jane Radin

Margaret Jane Radin is William Benjamin Scott and Luna M. Scott Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and she will be the Microsoft-LAPA Fellow in 2006-2007. She received her A.B. from Stanford University, her M.F.A. from Brandeis University in History of Music, and her J.D. from the University of Southern California. She also received an honorary LL.D. from IIT/Chicago-Kent School of Law. One of the country's major property theorists, Radin currently specializes in contract, intellectual property, and the jurisprudence of cyberspace. She is a former director of Stanford Law School's Program in Law, Science and Technology and the founder of its Center for E-Commerce. Radin is the co-author of a casebook, Internet Commerce: the Emerging Legal Framework (Foundation Press 2d ed. 2006), and the author of Contested Commodities (Harvard University Press 1996) and Reinterpreting Property (University of Chicago Press 1993). Her many articles focus primarily on the limits of markets; the rule of law; and the philosophical underpinnings of property and contract, most recently as they are evolving in the networked digital environment. While at Princeton, Radin will work on a book about the role of contract in the online world, as well as a project aiming to illuminate core issues of patent law by juxtaposing them with issues in the philosophy of language.

Teemu Ruskola

Upon graduating from Yale Law School in 1995, Teemu Ruskola was an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton 1995-96, working in the firm's New York and Hong Kong offices. Thereafter, he completed a Master's Degree in East Asian Studies at Stanford, where he also taught legal research and writing 1997-99. He began teaching at the Washington College of Law in 1999. He visited at Cornell Law School in 2001-02. In 2002-03 he held a Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship with the American Council of Learned Societies, which he spent as a sabbatical visitor at the Center for the Study of Law and Culture and as a senior fellow at the Center for Chinese Legal Studies at Columbia Law School in fall 2002, and as a visiting scholar at the Crowley Program for International Human Rights at Fordham Law School in spring 2003. He is spending 2006-07 on a fellowship at the Program in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University, where he is examining the history of the introduction of Western international law into China as well as the theoretical implications of that process to the politics of international law more generally.

Professor Ruskola's courses include Business Associations, Chinese Law, Comparative Law, Contracts, and Sales and Secured Transactions. His scholarship addresses questions of legal theory from multiple perspectives, historical as well as comparative, frequently with China as a vantage point. His publications--appearing in the American Quarterly, Michigan Law Review, Stanford Law Review, Social Text, and Yale Law Journal, among other places—explore the intersection of corporate and family law in China, "legal Orientalism" and the methodological problems of comparative law, and the history and politics of American sovereignty in the Asia-Pacific. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law and of the Board of Editors of the American Journal of Comparative Law. He is also a former Chair of the Comparative Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools.